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Village Voice Announces 9th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event**UPDATE*”*

Hello, fellow foodies! Are you ready to go on another great Village Voice food journey? The Village Voice just announced it’s 9th Annual Choice Eats tasting event, taking place on Friday, March 11th. Are you ready to feast on cuisines from over 35 nations, including Vietnamese, Italian, Uzbekistani, Brazilian, Cambodian, Russian, Tunisian, Greek, and Cajun, Creole and many more? Keep reading for more information on what is sure to be another great event filled with foodie delights.

Village Voice Announces 9th Annual 'Choice Eats' Tasting Event

The tasting event will feature an array of 50+ handpicked restaurants from all five New York City boroughs, and will take place from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 W. 18th St. As of today 29 restaurants have signed on to share their delicacies with attendees, including Ample Hills Creamery, Awadh, Broken Spoke Rotisserie, Calle Dao, Doughnut Plant, Egg, El Quinto Pino, Emmy Squared, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Fonda, Genuine Superette, The Handpulled Noodle, ilili Restaurant, Kuma Inn, Le Fond, Luke’s Lobster, Mable’s Smokehouse, The Meatball Shop, Meat Hook Sandwich Shop, No. 7 Veggie, Queens Comfort, Raclette, Robicelli’s, Socarrat Paella Bar, StreetsBK, Swine, Veselka Restaurant, Victory Garden, Xe May Sandwich Shop, with many more to be announced.

As always, Choice Eats events feature three tiers of ticket options – General Admission tickets ($70.00), Early Entry tickets ($85.00), and VIP tickets ($99.00). All guests will have the opportunity to indulge in the best dishes from restaurants the Village Voice has reviewed and heralded, along with complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages. All Early Entry tickets allow guests to get a half hour head start on tasting and sipping. The VIP ticket will allow guests admission to the full event one hour early, with access to a private VIP Lounge that will feature a private bar, restrooms, snacks, and an exclusive VIP gift bag per person. For more details on this year’s event, and the three ticket options, head over to www.villagevoice.com/ChoiceEats.

As always, the Village Voice will once again partner with a great charitable organization. This year marks their 8th year working with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Eats, and as before, a portion of proceeds will be shared with Slow Food NYC. So come one and all to savor the various flavors and foods that will be available at the Village Voice 9th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event, hope to see you there.

**UPDATE**: Twenty-four new restaurants have been added to the growing list of participating restaurants including: Bara, The Black Ant, Black Tree, BOOMWICH, Breads Bakery, Brooklyn Bread Lab, Flinders Lane, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., Irvington Bar + Restaurant, Kailash Parbat, Loi Estiatorio, Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana, Maima’s Liberian Bistro, Mexico Lindo, Obica Mozzarella Bar, Ofrenda Cocina Mexicana, Osteria Cotta, Papa’s Kitchen, Quality Eats, Schaller Stube, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Spicy Bampa, Sweet Generation, and Thai Rock.

The Village Voice Announces Fourth Annual Choice Streets Food Truck Event

The Food Trucks are Coming! The Food Trucks are Coming! Yes, it is almost time again for the great outdoor Village Voice foodie event that is the Choice Streets Food Trucks Event. In its 4th year, the event, held on May 5th at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Pier 86, will feature 20+ handpicked food trucks from all over New York City. Attendees will enjoy hours of fabulous food, complimentary drinks, free tours of the Intrepid ship, and an amazing view of New York City. We had an amazingly decadent foodie experience at last year’s Choice Streets event, enjoying samples of pizza, seafood, cheese steaks, pulled pork, etc and practically had to be rolled home. Because the event happens on Cinco de Mayo, attendees will enjoy live music from Mariachi Flor de Toloache – New York’s first, and only established, all-female mariachi band – along with other festive surprises.

Twelve Food trucks have already been confirmed, including Big D’s Grub, Korilla BBQ, Langos Truck, Snowday, Solber Pupusas, Sweet Chili, Valducci’s Pizza, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, Domo Taco, Gorilla Cheese, Ponti Rossi and The Treats Truck, with many more to be announced soon. This year’s Choice Streets will feature three tiers of ticket options – the VIP ticket ($85.00) will allow guests a full VIP Hour beginning at 7:00pm plus a gift bag, the Early Entry ticket ($65.00) will allow guests entry into the event at 7:30pm for a half hour preview and the General Admission ticket ($55.00) will allow guests in at 8:00pm.

Sponsors of the 2015 Choice Streets food truck event include: Stella Artois, Shock Top, Rums of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Tourism, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Califia Farms, Caleb’s Kola, Whole Foods Market, Green Mountain Energy, Enterprise Ride Share and Verizon. For this year’s event, the Village Voice has teamed up with non-profit organization, Slow Food NYC, as the charitable partner of Choice Streets, who will receive a portion of the proceeds. For more details on this year’s three ticket options, see all the event details below:

EVENT DETAILS:

Tuesday May 5th, 2015 (Rain date: Friday May 8th, 2015)
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum/Pier 86
W. 46th St. and 12th Ave.
TICKETS: On sale – http://bit.ly/StreetsTix

For the latest on “Choice Streets”, visit www.villagevoice.com/choicestreets.

NYC Foodie Event: Village Voice Announces 8th Annual Choice Eats 2015

If you found yourself drooling over our previous coverage of Village Voice Choice Eats post and thought, I wish I was there, you will soon have your chance to indulge, just like we did. The must-attend foodie event is back for another year of culinary delights to sate every palette. With 18 restaurants already signed up (the event will feature over 50 handpicked restaurants from all five boroughs that have been reviewed and heralded in the famed newspaper), the Village Voice will hold its 8th Annual Choice Eats tasting event on Friday, March 13th, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion.The Village Voice has also released the first round of 18 participants including 2 Duck Goose, 606 R&D, Awadh, Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, Butter & Scotch, Commerce Restaurant, The East Pole, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Huertas, John Brown Smokehouse, Littleneck, Luke’s Lobster, MAX , No. 7, The NoMad , Spicy Pot, Thai Rock, Tuome and many more to be announced. All Choice Eats guests will be able to enjoy unlimited sampling of the best dishes from the 50+ restaurants, along with desserts, complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages.

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UPDATE: The following restaurants have been added to the final list of participating restaurants, bringing the total to 68 restaurants: Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Casa Mono and Bar Jamon, Gloria’s Carribean Cuisine, Mable’s Smokehouse, The Queens Kickshaw, and Robicelli’s, The Blue Stove, Brucie, Bustan, Butter Lane, Carlo’s Bakery, Coppelia, Delaware and Hudson, Doughnut Plant, Edi & The Wolf, Egg, El Atoradero, Fay Da Bakery, Fort Defiance, Genuine, Grandaisy Bakery, Juliette, Los Tacos No 1, Luca & Bosco Ice Cream, Papa’s Kitchen, Pickle Shack, Recette, Rubirosa, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Sugar Couture, Venturo Osteria, Veselka Restaurant, Wilma Jean, and Xe May Sandwich Shop.

This year’s Choice Eats will feature three tiers of ticket options – General Admission tickets ($65.00), Early Entry Preview tickets ($85.00) and VIP tickets ($99.00) – all of which will be available for pre-sale now through Tuesday, January 13th using the exclusive press release pre-sale code: EATSPR. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, January 14th at 12:00 pm. The Early Entry Preview ticket will allow guests to get a half hour head start on tasting and sipping, along with the ability to skip the line and beat the crowd. The VIP ticket grants guests admission to the full event one hour early, with access to a private VIP room, and an exclusive VIP gift bag. For more details on this year’s three ticket options, visit: www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats.

The Voice will also offer ticket buyers access to a limited number of Choice Eats/Choice Streets combo tickets for an additional 10% off savings. Both VIP combo tickets ($170.00) and GA combo tickets ($115.00) are available until supplies last and will offer guests tickets to Choice Eats as well as the 4th annual Choice Streets Food Truck event at The Intrepid on May 5th with a sampling of 20+ of NYC’s more popular food trucks.

This year marks the 7th year working with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Eats, whom a portion of proceeds will be shared with. Slow Food NYC is the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract the culture of fast food. Slow Food stands against the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

The Village Voice’s Third Annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck Tasting Event

We had the great opportunity to indulge in another culinary delight, one that we feel everyone should attend at least a few times in their lifetime…..trust us, it’s worth it. No longer are food trucks only regulated to post late night partying satisfaction (although you can’t deny the brilliance of cornering that market) and since variety is the spice of life, we were excited to sample the delicious eats from the 22 food trucks participating in this year’s tasting event. We had the pleasure to sample (and I use that one loosely because some well beyond filling) a wide variety delicious, international foods. Upon entry (we were given early access…yay!!), we were given a passport card, which was punched by every food truck we visited…sadly we only made it to about half the vendors. This year’s event saw the addition of five new food trucks including Carl’s Steaks, Valducci’s Pizza, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Uncle Gussy’s and Shanghai Sogo. Our system for sampling was to go in the order the trucks were lined up in, but we were just so full, we couldn’t sample anymore.

The 22 Food Trucks newly were parked on Pier 86 of the NYC Landmark, The Intrepid; the five new food trucks (named above) joined the seventeen previously announced participating trucks: Big D’s Grub Truck, Comme Ci Comme Ca, Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches, DUB Pies, Hibachi Heaven, Korilla BBQ, Love Mamak & Lucky Yim, Luke’s Lobster, Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana, Mike N’ Willie’s, Moo Shu Grill, Nuchas, Solber Pupusas, Souvlaki GR, Sweet Chili, Taipan Fusion Express and Toum. below are some of our favorite, mouthwatering dishes (in no articular order):

VALDUCCI’S – The best pizza we’ve ever had hands down and we love that is comes in a Green (biodegradable) pizza box whose cover can be used as plates. If you see this truck, we highly suggest you try their amazing Thin Crust Sicilian Pizza or the regular slice, or everything.

CARL’S STEAKSeach bite of this Authentic Philly Cheesesteak (with Cheez Whiz and White American cheese – with/without grilled onions) was so deliciously juicy, it definitely made you want to go back for seconds (if only we could).

LUKE’S LOBSTER – we discovered this cult favorite at the Village Voice Choice Eats Restaurants Event, and have sort of been stalking them every since. While they are called Luke’s “Lobster”, we were delighted to try their Maine Shrimp Rolls.

MIKE N’ WILLIE’S – if you love pulled pork, you must try their Lil Piggie Slow Roasted Pulled Pork Sandwich. The juicy treat is marinated in their homemade Chipotle BBQ Sauce topped with Chipotle Lime Slaw set on a Brioche Bun. What more can you ask for….well….seconds of course.

We wish we could fit photos of all our favorites continuously but that would be a very long post, please find more culinary delights below:

What makes this event even more amazing is that it benefits a great cause. The Village Voice once again partnered with non-profit organization, Slow Food NYC, and will donate a portion of all ticket sales from Choice Streets to the foundation.

Although we were too full to visit all the wonderful sponsors for Choice Streets 2014, we hope to do so next time. participating sponsors included: Shock Top, Aperol, Fairway Market, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Verizon FIOS, New York Botanical Gardens, Southern Wines and Spirits, World View Travel, Four Roses Bourbon, Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Sidney Frank, Casamigos Tequila, Focus Camera, Pedal, City Tech, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Green Mountain Energy and Frames.